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Environmental Regulations, Land Use, Mining, Real Estate

We are nearly 9 months into the so-called COVID-19 global pandemic.  While not without historical precedent, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the physical and economic health of millions both within the United States and around the world.  In Minnesota and across the country, governors and their public health departments have exercised “peacetime” emergency powers designed

Recently I commented on a growing level of concern regarding Gov. Tim Walz’s use of his statutory public safety “emergency” authority to promulgate wide-ranging and consequential executive orders affecting the state’s economy and citizens.  While many groups, including health care and service organizations, were required to suspend their operations for at least two months, the

Minnesota businesses and citizens have been operating under a Peacetime Declaration of Emergency, Executive Order 20-01, since March 16, 2020.  The impetus for the Declaration was the rapidly-emerging Coronavirus as a global health crisis with far-reaching implications.  Since the original Declaration, the governor has issued 75 Executive Orders addressing various COVID-related topics from health

Gov. Tim Walz has announced that restaurants and bars in Minnesota will be allowed to re-open for sit-down service effective June 1st.  Sort of.  The caveat is that sit-down service must be restricted to outdoor seating areas only, with criteria for maintaining social distancing amongst both guests and staff.  Previously, restaurants had been

Peter Coyle and Jacob Steen discuss the land use, government relations and regulatory environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They share examples of how Larkin Hoffman has been able to assist clients in overcoming the unique challenges presented by a statewide stay-at-home order and discuss the ways that the global pandemic has shaped the local land

My colleagues, Todd Freeman and Dan Kadlec from our Corporate Group, have put together a podcast providing guidance on managing proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program to maximize loan forgiveness.  Here’s a brief description of the program followed by the link to the podcast. The information here will be valuable to many in the real

I had been pondering a new post to my law firm’s blog, focused on a traditional real estate topic. Now, of course, we are way beyond “traditional” as governments, companies and the public at large struggle to respond in a coherent way to a relentless viral invasion. Members of our firm have been pursuing various

I recently wrote about the merits of using mediation as a tool to resolve business disputes relating to land and business acquisition, land development, public permitting and related conflicts.  Mediation is especially helpful, in my opinion, when money is less the object in dispute and it is more so about a difference of opinion.  Of